Sunday, March 28, 2010

the trilogy :O)

hey! whoever it is that reads my blogs... i hope you had a really great weekend.
I really thought that this was a great blog prompt. I had a range of ideas that were floating around about making connections between the three books and their authors, and perhaps they won't be documented in this blog in a completely cohesive manner. Non the less...

My favourite of the three was the leyedas de guatemala, because though the leyendas through 21st century canadian spectacles appear to be stories of magic and fantatical creatures and events, they are not just stories to the people of guatemala, at the time of the legends birth. They explain an existence of a culture, the significance and reasoning behind questions about their existence, that every human being shares. The reality is derived from the historical essence of the leyendas. How, to Gutemalan they acted as a documentation of history, religion and culture.I feel that the leyendas are unique because there is a rawness about them. I know that word is a little graphic, but what I mean when I use the word raw is that unlike in "Cien anos de solidad", the abstract images and impossible events do not serve the purpose of representing greater meaning to do with "real" life, or serve some political message. The magical images and events in "las leyendas de guatemala" are not metaphors but rather true beliefs of actual events. Comparing these two works provide a timeline of the evolution leading up to the "boom" and the genre of "magical realism" defined by "cien anos de solidad". However, between the two lies Asturias, which in my opinion represents the struggle between the two worlds. Where one world ( non latinamerican) sees the beliefs of the other world (latinamerica)as something NOT real and therefore something that they can destroy, conquer breakdown and change to make it real, or more like them.Iguess it's just a easier on the conscious if what you destroy truly doesn't exist in your mind, and therefore one can justify their conquering. However, what the non latinamerican world fails to understand is the unfortunate reality the destruction truly brought. To sum up the trilogy I think that's what Marquez tried to do in his novel. A culture such as latinamerica is being self destructive in their inability to break free from their past where they first lost their own identity, that magical world to which them at the time was truth and belief.

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